Seoul is Full of Festivals in October

October 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm | Posted in Events, Music | Leave a comment
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In October, Seoul will be in full swing with a number of “art” festivals. It’s part of seasonal fests ― palace in spring, Han River in summer, art in autumn and light in winter.

The 23-day festival, incorporating dozens of different festivals such as Seoul Performing Arts Festival, will center around the main venues of Seoul Plaza, Cheonggye Plaza and Daehangro.

For visitors, the organizers will set up a Festival Information Center for the three main venues. The center opens between 10 a.m. and 9 p.m. to offer information on the 72 different festivals. A Total Guidebook and Festival Map are available to offer a brief introduction about all the festivities on the go as well as various promotional and marketing materials about each festival.

The opening ceremony of “Hi Seoul Festival” is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on Friday at Cheonggye Plaza with top artists to offer various performing arts. The ceremony begins with a parade of 72 flags, followed by a concert of the Korea Symphony Orchestra.

Lim Dong-min, one of Korea`s leading next-generation pianists and winner of the third prize in the 2005 Chopin Concours, will take to the stage for the opening ceremony. Ballerina Kim Ji-young from Dutch National Ballet and renowned soprano Shin Young-ok will also perform. Other events include the “Eco Fun Fashion Show” at Cheonggye Plaza on Oct. 4, featuring clothes made in consideration for the clean environment.

Pleasantries for Ears, Eyes

For Korean pop lovers, “Hi Seoul Concert” is due on Oct. 5 at Cheonggye Plaza from 7:30 p.m. Popular singers Kim Chang-won, Yoon Do-hyun Band, No Brain and SG Wannabe will perform. At the same time, rock music festivals will take place for two days to Oct. 5 in Sangam World Cup Park and music clubs in Shinchon. Information is available at http://www.livemusic.co.kr.

On Oct. 6, Seoul Musical Festival will present popular musicals such as “Mamma Mia,” “Phantom of the Opera,” “Cats,” and “Hedwig.”

On weekend evenings during the festival period, different performances will showcase arts and culture festivals at Seoul Plaza. Among them are the Seoul International Dance Festival and Seoul Drum Festival. Dozens of dance teams from 15 foreign countries will take part in the dance festival that will take place in major theaters, galleries and other venues throughout the month in the capital.

Opera “Carman” will wrap up the festival at Seoul Plaza on Oct. 25. For more information, call (02) 774-1119 or visit http://www.hiseoulfest.org.

Source: Korea Times
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